River Rolling

The high school I attended had a second-floor row of windows that looked out on the Mississippi River.

That view was a daydreamer’s paradise. I was particularly fascinated with barge traffic. Southbound tows had only one more lock to transit before heading downstream to Memphis or New Orleans.

Northbound vessels might be on a slow ride all the way up to Minnesota or veering off toward Chicago via the Illinois River.

Despite my high perch and proximity to the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, I never saw a tow make the turn for points westward.

Much to my surprise, while walking in St. Charles a few months ago, I saw a tug with a single barge heading upriver on the Missouri.

Of course, I had to stop and watch the slow progress of this lonely tug and barge. I’m happy to report that my river-related daydreaming skills are as sharp as ever.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.